Shino Teapot & Teabowls II

Matthew Foster
£270
Inspired by the Mingei philosophy of finding beauty in everyday objects, the Shino Teapot and Teabowls I by ceramicist Matthew Foster, are exclusive to The New Craftsmen. The set forms part of a functional series of pieces, which draw upon the Leach legacy, as well as the vernacular styles and forms of medieval pottery. With each piece Matthew aims to showcase the making process, rather than obscure it. Through the use of glazes and traditional techniques, Matthew aims to infuse his work with the spirit of the past, resulting in pieces of enduring value. Due to the handmade nature of these pieces, the exact finish may vary. This set is a one-off but similar bespoke commissions are also available, please enquire for further details.

Material: Stoneware, shino glaze
Dimensions:
Teapot: Width 21cm, Depth 15cm, Height 20cm
Teabowl: Diameter 7cm, Height 9cm
Due to the handmade nature of these pieces, exact dimensions may vary slightly.
Care Instructions Hand wash in warm soapy water

Process

The stoneware is first thrown, trimmed into forms and left to dry. Once the pieces are dry enough, Matthew adds gently protruding patterns on the soft clay by rouletting with a handcrafted porcelain roller. The pieces are then bisque fired, they are covered with a Shino glaze mixed using raw materials, before being high fired in a reduction kiln.
The Maker Matthew Foster Ceramicist - South West England

Ceramics artist Matthew Foster studied Fine Art at Kent University and after winning the Seasalt Bursary in 2009, he became an apprentice at Leach Pottery in Cornwall. Alongside growing his individual practice, Matthew continues to work as the Studio Production Manager at Leach Pottery and draws much inspiration from his contemporaries there. In line with an on-going exploration of the Mingei Philosophy (focusing on the beauty of ordinary, everyday craft), he is currently exploring peasant stonewares of the Korean Yi dynasty, Gongxian pottery, Tang dynasty, and porcelain pots from the Chinese Sung period.